2001 Kistler - Pinot Noir Cuvee Elizabeth Occidental Vineyard 750ml

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 98
Author: Daniel B
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 03/01/2004
Drink Dates: 2007-2010
This is awe inspiring Pinot Noir and is one of the best Pinots I have ever tasted from the New World (and frankly only the absolute best Burgundies can compete with this wine). Medium purple red colored nearly translucent wine with a few thin slightly pigmented legs. A complex ever changing perfumed nose of minerals, stone, vanilla, plum, cinnamon, light blood, apple, veal tartare, wisps of anise, tangerine peel, a touch of earth, clay, mocha, and strawberry. Ethereal on the palate, all crushed velvet with sweet but nimble fruit, caramel, and mocha, with virtually unlimited nuances. What every Pinot Noir producer strives for ? complexity, intensity, and finely delineated texture yet ephemeral all at the same time. Bravo!

Rating: 94
Author: NobleRot
Trust Rating: 98
Tasted On: 08/30/2005

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Average rating: 85, based on 2 reviews
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217 bottles owned by 128 collectors.

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About This Producer


Kistler Vineyards is a small family-owned winery located in the Russian River Valley specializing in Burgundian style Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Since its first vintage in 1979, the winery has grown in size to produce 25,000 cases per year. Steve Kistler and Mark Bixler share the winemaking responsibilities, while Mark also acts as chemist and business manager. The winery, completed in 1992, is located on their Vine Hill Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. Kistler's fruit is sourced from various vineyards across Napa and Sonoma counties. Kistler Vineyards' wines are released semi-annually and almost exclusively to its mailing list.

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Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir


Notorious for its fickle growing patterns, Pinot Noir vines prefer long, cool growing conditions and tend to mutate easily, leaving behind numerous clones and inconsistent flavor profiles. Although it is one of the three major varieties used in Champagne production, Burgundy is the traditional home of Pinot Noir. The 30-mile stretch of hills known as the Cote d'Or is valued as the world's premier production area. Pinot Noir is planted all over the world. In the United States, Sonoma, the Russian River Valley, Carneros and the Willamette Valley produce top-notch wines from this variety. Other notable countries include New Zealand, Australia, and Chile. Typical descriptors for Pinot Noir include strawberry, raspberry, cherry, mushroom, and meaty notes.

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